Being a content creator can definitely be an amazing way to generate income. Having various creative ideas unfold from beginning of concept to final product is a great and rewarding feeling, and factoring in the ability to be ultimately rewarded with fans buying your content is a recipe for success!
However, there are times where you are just not creatively inspired or simply overwhelmed. Finding the time to plan, create, film, edit and properly release your content can sometimes seem like a tedious, challenging task. Procrastination — and oftentimes outright abandonment — can slip in when life happens.
Here are some tips and tricks for filling in time gaps when you are stuck in a creative block, managing a life issue or simply need a break from content creation in general.
What even is content?
Here’s a basic definition of what content is via Wikipedia:
In publishing, art, and communication, content is the information and experiences that are directed toward an end-user or audience. Content is “something that is to be expressed through some medium, as speech, writing or any of various arts.” Content can be delivered via many different media including the Internet, cinema, television, radio, smartphones, audio CDs, books, e-books, magazines, and live events, such as speeches, conferences, and stage performances.
Okay… but let’s break it down a bit further with some specifics.
TEXT content includes blogs, magazine posts, online stories and various written material for reading. Social media posts are also considered text content.
AUDIO content includes voice recordings, recorded phone calls, podcasts and radio interviews, phone messages, voice messages, songs, erotic novels, audio books and so on — anything audio designed for a listening experience.
VISUAL PHOTO content includes selfies, photos, cartoons, images, advertisements, graphics, flyers and other image media produced for still visual viewing.
VIDEO content is any content format that features or includes video. Common forms of video content include vlogs, animated GIFs, live and recorded videos, customer testimonials, recorded presentations and webinars.
LIVE content includes live stream broadcasts where you are presenting yourself in real time via mobile device, webcam or other live streaming resources to the internet.
What kind of content do I create?
So, what kind of content do you create? Another way people often pose this question in their minds is “What kind of content should I create?”
There is no right answer to this question. This is for you — and only you — to decide what you are comfortable with. Remember, whatever you do, it’s online forever. This is not a situation where you can post it and then control-alt-delete to make it go away. Keep that in mind once you begin or continue your content creation endeavor.
Now that you understand what content is, trying to figure out what to create can be difficult and confusing. What do my fans and future fans want to see? That’s easy: They want to see you!
Whether it be you wearing your favorite band t-shirt drinking a cup of coffee, sitting on the sofa watching your favorite show or grabbing a bite to eat at your dinner table, content of all kinds helps you connect with your audience. Whether it be text, audio, photo, video or live content, the key is to create a doorway for engagement with your viewers. Sharing common interests or even debating over a difference of opinion can be a great way to turn your followers and online entertainment seekers into subscribers and paid buyers to your online content.
“I have reached a creative block, and I’m not sure what to do!”
To some degree, writer’s block… or, creator’s block, if you will… eventually happens to us all. To some of us, it even happens more than once (or regularly — ack!)
Whether you are under the weather, lack privacy (something a lot of people are dealing with right now in particular) or simply not feeling motivated to create, there are some options to utilize things you have done in the past as content. One of my favs: Regurgitate old content or cell phone media!
Here are some options:
Selfies: Who doesn’t love a good selfie? We are all taking them at some point in our lives. Queue up some old selfies, and share them with your fans. Some older fans may have seen them, but new fans will be seeing your content for the first time and never be any the wiser.
Old V-logs and Videos: We have all filmed videos we never released. You may actually have tons of unreleased content laying around. This is the time to go back, find some unedited or edited but never released footage and put it out. Re-edit and re-release a video or series of videos that were very successful or are you favorites.
Record Audio Files: Share your favorite stories, get personal and share something personal, talk about your kinks, fantasies or best lover or simply talk about your current life. Audio files require no getting ready and are easy, small files to record and upload. In many cases, fans prefer audio files as it allows them to use their imagination.
Write Something: Be it a story, blog or simple post caption, writing can be therapeutic for many. It is also a great way to engage with your viewers and share interesting topics and information with them. You can easily find interesting things to write about and, if you are like me, end up with a lot of written posts that will keep you active for quite a long time!
Use the Audio from Other Content: Here’s an easy trick… Remove the video from a video file and save as an MP3 or WAV format. Then, upload it as an audio post.
One strategy to filling in creative gaps is using the same content you already have. This can definitely include simplifying the creation of new content while managing and maintaining your online content for social media, fan clubs and other income revenue sources.
Using what you already have increases the value of content you have already invested in, as well as offers you time to get back into your creative groove. Make the most of what you have, and happy creating!
Kari “Platinum Puzzy” Anthony is an events trailblazer in the adult industry community. She created and organized BBWFANFEST, the first BBW niche trade and awards show recognizing plus size performers, and BBWCAMHOUSE — the first live 24-hour voyeur house filled with curvy adult stars, cam performers, dancers and more. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.